Project Description

ALBERT VICKERSTAFF 1896–1956

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Cousin of George, Frederick and Robert Vickerstaff

Born 3rd October 1896 in Radcliffe on Trent

Baptised 22nd November 1896 at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Radcliffe on Trent

Died 11th November 1956, age 60. Address 55 Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent. Survived by wife Phyllis Lilian

Radcliffe on Trent School Register

Started school on 23.4.1900

1901 Census

Albert was four years old, living with his father Samuel, a bricklayer, mother Ada née Scrimshaw and sister Florrie 8 on Bailey Lane, Radcliffe on Trent.

1911 Census

Family living on Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent. Father Samuel a bricklayer.

Military Service

Rank: Sergeant

Service Number: 53288, previously 3617

Military Unit: A Coy, 41st Bn, Machine Gun Corps, 14th Division. Formerly 2nd/7th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 18.9.16.

Military records state he was a territorial attestation

Attested: Nottingham 14.12.1914

Height: 5ft. 9ins, weight 131 lbs. Religion: Wesleyan

14.5.16: Transferred to Machine Gun Corps (53288)

18.9.16: British Expeditionary Force.

20.9.16: 122 Company, joined in the Field

10.12.16:  Awarded ten days Field Punishment Number 2 absent from parade 11.40 a.m.

24.2.17: Admitted to hospital (sick)

27.2.17: Promoted Lance Corporal

4.3.17: Re-joined Company

4.6.17. 14 days Field Punishment No. 1 for insolence to an N.C.O.

Note: Field Punishment Number One, often abbreviated to “F.P. No. 1″ or even just “No. 1″, consisted of the convicted man being placed in fetters and handcuffs or similar restraints and attached to a fixed object, such as a gun wheel or a fence post, for up to two hours per day. During the early part of World War I, the punishment was often applied with the arms stretched out and the legs tied together, giving rise to the nickname “crucifixion”. This was applied for up to three days out of four, up to 21 days total. It was usually applied in field punishment camps set up for this purpose a few miles behind the front line, but when the unit was on the move it would be carried out by the unit itself.

In Field Punishment Number Two, the prisoner was placed in fetters and handcuffs but was not attached to a fixed object and was still able to march with his unit. This was a relatively tolerable punishment.

In both forms of field punishment, the soldier was also subjected to hard labour and loss of pay. (Wikipedia)

21.7.17: Proceeded on course of instruction

20.9.17: Corporal

16.3.18: Leave to U.K. to 30.3.18

3.5.18: Admitted to hospital with scabies

7.10.18: Promoted Sergeant

14.5.19: Granted 28 days furlough

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory, received March 2 1922

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent

From the 1922 Electoral Register

Address: Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Household: living with parents Samuel and Ada

From the 1939 Register

Address: Sydney Grove, Radcliffe on Trent

Occupation: Hosiery warehouseman in charge of ladies hose, folding department

Household: living with Elizabeth Vickerstaff, born 5.2.1891 and father Samuel, a building contractor (born 28.5.1867)

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent.